Video game developer Zoe Quinn (Depression Quest, Framed) has sold the film rights to her upcoming memoir, Crash Override: How To Save The Internet From Itself, to upcoming Ghostbusters reboot producer Amy Pascal.
As reported by Deadline, several actresses are gunning for the role with Scarlett Johansson rumoured to be "keenest".
The movie deal was based on a proposal titled Control Alt Delete and will focus on how Quinn was targeted by an online mob after an ex-boyfriend of hers, Eron Gjoni, wrote a slanderous blog post about her that went viral leading to a harassment campaign.
The memoir, due next September, has been sold to Touchstone/Simon & Schuster. Pascal Pictures, which is Sony-based, will finance the film with Pascal producing alongside Rachel O'Connor and Entertainment 360.
"Gaming and internet message boards used to be niche interests, mostly for young men. In the past few years, however, they've gone mainstream," Quinn said in a statement to Deadline. "Millions of people - including women and other marginalised people - have taken an interest in the platforms, image boards, and discussion forums that once belonged by default to a much smaller population. Most gamers give zero f***s about this. Like the rest of us, they're just here to play games. But a vocal minority are clinging onto the brand of Cheetos-and-Mountain-Dew exclusionary identity 'hardcore gamer,' muttering 'fu*kin casuals' under their breath."